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Avery Fabric Transfers: A Better Iron-on Transfer?

Reported by Lexi Daly

Earlier this summer, I reviewed Wilton T-shirt Transfers, sharing a variety of ideas for creating fun personalized t-shirts. Although I had success with the Wilton product, I encountered a few frustrations that made me want to test another brand. The Avery Fabric Transfers caught my eye since I use a variety of their other printable products on an almost daily basis. Like Wilton, Avery offers printable transfers for a variety of fabric styles–light, dark, and stretchable. Both brands are created specifically for use in ink jet printers, and can be stamped and colored on as well. They also both include online templates and ideas. Avery Fabric Transfers can be found in office supply stores with other specialty printables, while the Wilton brand is typically found in craft stores. The last few times I was creating personalized T’s, I found myself in the craft store and ended up with the Wilton brand. So, for today’s review, I decided to reprint and transfer a couple of those same designs using the Avery Light Fabric Transfers and see if I noticed a difference.

This picture shows the printed and cut transfers (remember that when you are printing a design with words on this style transfer, you have to reverse the image so the words will transfer properly!) Right off the bat, I noticed how bright the colors were on the printed pages. I also created one stamped design–the little cupcake from A Muse–for a small doll t-shirt. It is important to note that when coloring stamped images on iron-on transfer paper (Avery or otherwise), you should use water based markers, not Copics, which will eat away at the transfer.

Next, it was on to the ironing. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow, including “Tips for Great, Long-Lasting Results” on the reverse side. The process isn’t much different from the Wilton transfers. I highly recommend following the directions closely, creating a tester transfer in order to get to know your own iron specifically. Regardless of brand, I almost always overheat my first attempt if I follow the exact time frames in the directions. My first Avery test was no different, however the end result wasn’t ruined like my initial attempts with Wilton when creating the original party T’s last spring.

There is a slight yellow color within the design, but the paper still peeled off nicely, leaving no gaps behind. Actually, you can hardly tell from the picture that it’s not perfect! After this one, I held the iron in place for slightly less than 20 seconds each pass, with excellent results…



I was especially impressed with how the stamped and colored design turned out. Although it was a little awkward trying to press the tiny little t-shirt, the cupcake transferred very nicely and brightly. I need to go out a buy another regular sized t-shirt, so I can try a larger design! (Again, I want to point out that you won’t be able to stamp words on this style transfer–unless you want them to be in reverse!!)

So, to sum things up…

Pros:

  • Very easy to use
  • Not just for printing
  • True color representation–nice & bright!
  • Perfect for personalization

Cons:

  • Can over-iron–be sure to test your iron for the best results!

Overall, I was really happy with the Avery Fabric Transfers on the finished t-shirts. They seemed to work more smoothly and look much brighter than the ones I created earlier this year. I definitely ended this t-shirt creating day a lot less frustrated than the last. I would love to hear if you’ve had similar experiences or if you think it’s all a simple case of user error. Have you tried both? Do you have a favorite brand? Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Iron On Fun- Wilton T-Shirt Transfers

I love to create t-shirts for a variety of special occasions, so I thought it would be fun to review Wilton Easy Image T-Shirt Transfers. Found at Michael’s, Wilton T-Shirt Transfers are “great for personalizing t-shirts, tote bags, home decor and more!” For this review, I used the ones specified for light fabrics, but there is also a version for dark fabrics available. Both can be found on the t-shirt and fabric decorating aisle. The transfers for light fabrics are just under $20.00, and you get 10-8.5″ x 11″ iron on pages for inkjet printers. The package also states that there are hundreds of free design images at wiltoneasyimage.com, to help in creating your personalized items.

Basically what you need in addition to the transfers are something to transfer your design to (like a t-shirt), a computer, an inkjet printer, a pillowcase, and an iron. First you create your design on the computer. While you can use the free designs mentioned above at wiltoneasyimage.com, I prefer to create my own designs. My programs of choice are Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, but you can use a simple word processor or any program that allows you to draw, import a picture, or create words. If you’re using words, you have to remember to flip them horizontally, so that they print in reverse! Once you print, you cut out the design, and following the directions on the package, iron in place. Here’s a visual…


I found out that it is important do the ironing on a hard surface on top of a pillowcase, holding the iron with steady pressure for about 20 seconds over sections of the transfer in order to get the best results–just as the directions state! Once the ironing is complete, you simply peel off the paper to reveal your design. In most cases, you’ll have a nice crisp design waiting to be admired. I do recommend taking a practice run if it’s your first time or if you haven’t done it in a while. I’m not sure if it’s the Wilton brand, but I do have problems from time to time either over or under heating and getting spotty results–either missing pieces of the design or a burned/overcooked type coloring. I wish there were a perfect way to tell when it’s heated enough!

There are so many fun reasons to make a personalized shirt. The one above was to celebrate the school year and moving on–a unique gift for the trio of friends. Here are a few more…

T-shirts for a car wash birthday party were a fun favor that let the girls feel like car wash employees and gave them something to wear between cars and after.
I created a candy bar invitation for my daughter’s candy themed birthday party based on her favorite candy store, and then I modified the invitation file to create a special shirt to wear to the party and for many days to come!
For an Amazing Race scavenger hunt party, t-shirts were created for each team–the girls found out their team when they pulled them from the bag. They were also a great place for autographs to remember the night of fun and meeting Drew Brees!
My nephew had to dress in something representative of Louisiana for state day, so we found an image he liked and ironed it on–a unique shirt on limited time!
And for my fellow stampers, you don’t have to print your design on the computer–try stamping it right on the transfer paper! I stamped the alligator and pirate bird from the recent Summer Fun release from A Muse to create a unique alligator shirt. My daughter can’t wait to wear it!
When it comes to stamping and coloring with Copics, I found that the brush tip worked better than the fine bullet point. It seemed to eat up the transfer a bit, but ironed on fine in the end. For the gator, I actually used a Stampin’ Up! marker and it worked fine, too. It’s also important to note that you can’t stamp words unless you try to mirror image them!

So, to sum things up…

Pros:

  • Perfect for personalization
  • Easy to use
  • Not just for printing

Cons:

  • Sometimes spotty results
  • Easy to over-iron
  • Hard to find online

Overall, I like the Wilton brand, but I would also like to review another brand and compare results. Have you created any t-shirts or other other project using Wilton transfers? Or have you used another brand that you love? Leave a comment and let me know!

Avery T-Shirt Transfers

Reported By: Julie Campbell

Are there any 80’s children out there who remember when ringer Tee’s and cut off jeans were the latest fashion? Growing up, I loved anything made from iron-ons and proudly sported my favorite cartoon character or TV personality on my shirts. Why not become nostalgic and share some of that fun with your own family with Avery’s T-Shirt Transfers!

Avery has a full line of do-it-yourself products that are really easy to use. There are now T-shirt Transfers for both light and dark fabrics. These two products are very different from each other, so make sure you read the directions thoroughly before applying. Avery recommends turning garments inside out and washing in cold water to keep colors looking their best. Below is a chart that explains some of the differences between the products:

Light T-Shirt transfers are transparent, so any pigment in your fabric will show through your iron-on. I recommend only using white or ivory fabrics with this product so that the colors from your transfer will remain true. The Light T-Shirt Transfer is placed upside down before ironing, mirroring your image. This is especially important to remember if you’re transferring any text onto your fabric!

Dark T-Shirt transfers are opaque and have a bright white background. You have to trim your transfer very closely because any negative space will be white once ironed on. The Dark T-Shirt Transfers are placed face-up and are NOT mirrored. I have found that after several washings, the pigment from your fabric will start to bleed through any white area on your design.

There are a lot of ways to create an image for your transfers. Avery Transfers are compatible with Ink Jet printers and there are downloadable free templates and clip art images from avery.com. One of my favorite things to do is to stamp directly onto the transfer sheets. I made my son a custom T-shirt using iron-on letters, rubber stamps and markers. I’ve had good luck with dye-based inks and markers. Copic markers are not a good choice because the alcohol in the ink ‘eats away’ at the transfer sheet.

Of course, there are a lot of other things that you can do with iron-ons. I love taking my children’s artwork and scanning them onto the computer. Once they’re uploaded, simply print them out onto a Transfer Sheet! I made this bag with some of my son’s early artwork, and I think it would make a great gift for a teacher or grandparent!

Pros:

  • Transfer Sheets come in packages for both light and dark fabric.
  • Avery’s new Color Shield™ formula ensures crisp, long-lasting image quality and the brightest colors – even after washing.
  • Unprinted iron-on transfer sheets feed easily through most inkjet printers.
  • Free downloadable images are available on the Avery website.
  • You can create your own images by using rubber stamps and markers.

Cons:

  • The Light T-Shirt Transfers are transparent, so any pigment in your fabric will show through and alter the colors in your transfer.
  • The Dark T-Shirt Transfers are opaque, so any “negative” areas in your design will become bright white once applied. (Designs must be carefully & closely trimmed.)
  • When using a Dark T-Shirt Transfer, any white areas that are part of your design may fade, allowing the color of the fabric to bleed through.

I think fabric transfers are a fun, versatile product that kids of all ages will love! They have stood the test of time and are a great creative outlet. With a little practice and imagination, I think you will love this product too! I would give this product a rating of 7 out of 10.

So what are you waiting for? Avery Transfer Sheets can be found at your local Wal-Mart stores or at any office supply store near you. 8.5″ x 11″ Dark Transfer Sheets (3 pack) retails for around $10. A similar pack of Light Transfer Sheets retails for around $6. (Larger packages are available and are more economical if you are planning on trying out several projects.) Let your child’s imagination run wild and create a fun project that they will wear with pride! Have you tried Avery’s products? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment and tell us about some other creative uses you have found for fabric transfers.

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